One of the things that can get you into trouble with the law is not paying your taxes. If you hide your income or fail to file the correct taxes, you could face heavy fines or penalties.
The Internal Revenue Service doesn't want every person who fails to file to end up in jail. It realizes that people make mistakes and that there are reasons why people don't always pay on time. For that reason, the IRS will listen to your reasons for not filing or paying taxes before determining if it wants to negotiate through an installment plan, reduce your tax liability or criminally prosecute you.